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Equipment for recording vocal and piano accompaniment

Discussion in 'Piano' started by Heartcloud, Aug 24, 2010.

  1. Heartcloud

    Heartcloud Guest

    Hey guys,
    I just recently finished writing a song in basic notation software Overture 4, and finished writing the lyrics as well, I was wondering what kind of recording equipment would I need to record the piano accompaniment (performed separately), not too strict on quality as long as it has no static or something. It's just a regular Samick piano, with the back against the wall, or is it better to use software like FL Studio to create the background music? Also is a regular mic (one that I use for things like msn and skype lol) good enough so that the vocal recorded does not have static? What kind of software would I need to combine the vocal and the piano portion and add very basic effects like echo?
    This project is meant to be shared amongst family and friends, so not very strict on quality, I love music and I decided to give recording a try. :wink:
  2. Tobyadd9

    Tobyadd9 Guest

    With using a cheap mic like that, I suggest doing as much as you can to localise your sound: closing doors, doing something to quiet computer fans, and making a pop shield from a semi-permeable material draped over a wire frame.

    But, I would suggest to ask around your family and friends to see if anyone has anything better that you can borrow!
  3. Heartcloud

    Heartcloud Guest

    I didn't say I have to use that mic, it was bought for skype lol, just asking if there will be a big difference if I'm not too strict on the quality. More important question is how to record piano...
  4. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Distinguished Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    Mic != static. Static comes from the thing it's plugged into. You need to get hold of an interface with mic inputs, rather than using some headset for VOIP.
    Unless your piano sounds exactly like a human voice, the mic which is designed for spoken word will not suffice for piano playing.

    If the piano is electric, take the headphone output/line output in a heartbeat. If not, uhh...
    Piano micing is an art even at the "I have $10k of mics" stage.

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